How do I register for my courses and exams?

By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

Besides registering for the academic year, you must submit a separate registration for all the courses and examinations that you wish to complete. As registration takes place in Sisu, you need a valid University of Helsinki user account for this purpose. Once you have added the course or examination that you wish to complete to your primary study plan, go to the Study calendar in Sisu to register for it.

Information on course registration and registration periods is available in Sisu in the course brochures or on the course pages that you can search for on the Courses webpage. In case of any queries, you can always contact the course coordinator. The course coordinators are indicated on the course page or in the course brochure in Sisu. 

See also instructions for registering for Language Centre courses and registering for Open university courses.

Course registration in Sisu

  1. First add the course to your primary study plan in Sisu and then select the method of completion and teaching dates through the course brochure
  2. From the course brochure, verify the compulsory requirements  and registration period for your selected course. 
  3. When the registration period is open, go to the Study calendar in Sisu to complete your registration. 
  4. For your registration to be approved, the following conditions must be met: 
    1. You have registered for attendance for the duration of the course. 
    2. You have a valid right to study for the duration of the course. 
    3. You have included the course in your primary study plan. 
    4. You have completed the prerequisites set for the course (if relevant). You can find the selection criteria, if any, in the course brochure. 
  5. When the selection criteria have been reviewed, you will receive a tentative approval or tentative rejection of your registration. If you do not meet some of the conditions listed above, for example, you have not registered for the academic year, do so and then register for the course in question.  
  6. You will receive a final confirmation about being admitted to the course at the end of the registration period, when the registrations have been confirmed. For some courses, your registration might be confirmed automatically right after your registration. 

For further information and detailed instructions (with screen captures) for registration, see Registering for teaching and examinations in the Sisu instructions. 

Once your registration has been approved, the course or examination will also be displayed on the My Studies page. My Studies displays your course timetables and links to course materials (if any) conveniently in one place.

Instructions for exchange and JOO students and non-degree studies

Before you can register for courses, you must create in Sisu a study plan for the studies for which you have been given the study right. Please note that you can register for courses only when your study right is valid. More information is available in the Sisu instructions: